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Network virtualisation needs the oversight and support of the business to achieve commercial goals

Caroline Chappell Research Director

"Business discipline, of the kind we are seeing at AT&T and Telefónica, is required to tame the potential chaos of silo-based network virtualisation."

Many operators' business leaders believe that network virtualisation is a technology-only change that can progress without their involvement until the point when it delivers miraculous results, which they can then instantly exploit. This is a fundamental misunderstanding of what network virtualisation is and what is needed from an organisational perspective to achieve it, as well as the business-level preparation required before an operator can benefit from it.

This article discusses what operators need to do at an executive level to maximise the benefits of network virtualisation.